By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Sat, 15/10/2016 - 14:33

Each year we've been increasing the number of bikes we can fit into a shipping container. Last year we were averaging roughly 450 bicycles per shipment, but we've started to get REALLY good at packing - just have a look at the photo above, every inch of space is being used to its full potential.

Our 20th container of the year was a real record breaker - we managed to pack in a stonking 543 bicycles - a new personal record. This container will be going to our partner Glad's House, a charity that supports children and young people living and working on the streets of Mombasa, Kenya. Glad's House sell the bikes we send them from their own bike shop. This provides them with income and helps fund their core programmes, staff salaries, foster care placements and school fees. If that wasnt enough, they also provide employment and training opportunities for young people!

By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Tue, 11/10/2016 - 14:44

MCI UK, part of the global communications and event management company MCI, appoint a new charity partner every year. For 2016 MCI UK chose to partner with Re~Cycle and quickly established a calendar of fundraising events, including an Easter egg hunt, sports day and a photography competition. However colleagues were looking for a big challenge to raise some serious funds for Re~Cycle, and what better way than a cycling event?

A brave team of five chose to enter Revolve 24. A 24 hour relay race at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit. The team were made up of Ian Lapworth, Georgia O’Rourke, Mat Clapham, Damian Clarke and team captain Wyman Babbage. Ian tells us of their experiences:

“Daunted by the challenge ahead, our team of five arrived at the Brands Hatch Circuit for Revolve 24 fully branded in our Re-Cycle t-shirts. Our mission was to complete the race circuit as many times as possible in a relay style, in 24 hours. We strategised for minutes and decided to start, and finish, with 30 minute shifts each. At 3pm on Saturday 10 September Wyman positioned himself on the track for the Le Mans style start, and found himself stood next to Olympic Hero, Jason Kenny. This was the closest they would get on the track as Wyman left him in his wake from the start!!

The rain poured, the wind blew, but we were undeterred. Damian was next on track and waited with trepidation for Wyman to return to the pit and pass the wrist baton, before flying off on his way round. Mat was next, then Ian, then Georgia. Georgia was introduced to her bike at 2:30pm on Saturday, having last cycled in earnest at 12 years old. However, she fearlessly headed off for her shift before returning with a very sore derriere. Padded shorts were borrowed for later shifts! Bravado prevailed after our first circuits, our fresh, energised naivety filled us with confidence for future shifts.

Confidence disappears at 2am! The fuel from our pizza and sweet potato fries (standards must be maintained at all times) had long worn off as the wee small hours dragged through the night. Sleep was scarce, a snooze in the chair, a sleeping bag on a concrete floor, the hours rolled on, our lap times became longer, but we made it through the night.

Sunday Morning brought glorious sunshine and with it renewed energy! Bacon, sausage and egg baps were consumed (not by Jason Kenny I`m sure). We could see the end of the tunnel, if not the light quite yet. 3pm on Sunday 11 September eventually came around!! We did it! 141 Laps – 342 miles (further than the coastline of Kenya, 333 miles) – countless aching muscles – and a tin mug and a bottle of cider from the organisers.”

From all at Re~Cycle, we would like to say a big thank you to the cycle team and all at MCI UK for their great effort and continued support! For more info on MCI UK please visit

By: Derek Balcombe

Posted: Wed, 10/08/2016 - 15:19

"On Saturday 30th July 2016, we were delighted to officially launch the Mombasa Resolution in front of MP, The Honourable Abdul Swamad Nassir and County Executive of the Ministry of Gender, Youth and Sports, Mr Mohammed Abas, the Chief Officer of the Ministry of Gender, Youth and Sports, Mr Rajab Babu, other Government Officials including the Municipal Council Inspectorate, the Department of Children’s Services,  Area Chiefs, Community Members, other Stakeholders, Partners and of course, children and young people living on the streets.

As part of our on going commitment to advocating for the rights of children and young people, in March 2016 we undertook a Consultation with 54 children and young people that were currently living on the streets or had left the streets and were in the care of Glad’s House. The Consultation spanned three days and the recommendations were submitted to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, who are currently writing a General Comment on Children in Street Situations.

From this document we created the Mombasa Resolution, which contains 8 key demands that the children and young people of Mombasa are asking of Local and National Government to ensure they have access to some of their key rights. You can read the full Mombasa Resolution here:

Two of the incredible young people in our care, Khadija and Kenedy, read the Mombasa Resolution to the crowd and presented it to The Honourable Abdul Swamad Nassir, MP for Mvita.  He has kindly agreed to present the Mombasa Resolution in Parliament and so ensure our children and young people’s voices are heard at the highest level in the country. Mr Nassir has also very generously agreed to support 10 young people in training opportunities and 10 children in school.

Bokey, our Director, said, “The whole day was so important as it marked a huge moment for Glad’s House and our Advocacy work.  Our Mombasa Resolution being presented to an MP who agreed to share in Parliament! Change only comes through Politicians and through the County Government. Through building strong relationships with Local and National Government we can make real and lasting change for the children and young people on the streets of Mombasa”

If you would like any more information on our Advocacy Programme or any other aspects of our work please don't hesitate to get in touch with Glad's House"

Vicky Ferguson

Phone:  +44 (0) 1256 766263
Email: vicky@GladsHouse.Com

By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Fri, 24/06/2016 - 15:53

A huge thank you to everyone that joined us at this year’s Eroica Britannia. Last weekend, Chris, Leon and Pierson (a volunteer) spent 3 days at the infamous bicycle festival in the Peak District representing Re~Cycle. The Re~Cycle stall was a huge success, selling all the vintage bicycles and bike parts that were hauled down to generate funds to cover our running costs. Chris, our workshop mechanic even had the chance to take part in the Sunday ride! 

Eroica Britannia Re~Cycle

By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Fri, 10/06/2016 - 18:11

On the 6th of June Re~Cycle held its annual African partners meeting. The day proved a huge success and was a brilliant opportunity for story and idea exchange. There were fascinating talks from members of Wonder Years Centre of Excellence (WYCE), Kaloko Trust and Glad's House, explaining the incredible work they do and how the bikes Re~Cycle provide, help them change the lives of their targeted beneficiaries. After a morning of talks, members of Re~Cycle had the chance to present recent developments as well as the vision for the next 5 years. All in all, a hugely productive day!

African Partners Meeting 2016

By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Tue, 24/05/2016 - 13:49

Saturday 28th May

Opening hours: 9am – 1pm

Payment: cash or card accepted

Location: Re~Cycle, Unit 8 The Grove Estate, Colchester Road, Wormingford, Colchester, C06 3AJ

More info

By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Tue, 10/05/2016 - 18:03

Re~Cycle would like to thank the 10 Infinis engineers who spent a day at our HQ, helping unload hundreds of delivered bikes, recycling parts and preparing and loading bikes into shipping containers destined for our partners in Africa. 

Their assistance couldn’t have come at a better time – it’s our busiest time of the year with bike deliveries from the Halfords trade-in coming in thick and fast!

“What a brilliant idea and charity.  Cycling was a passion of mine as a youngster.  Volunteering today was a no-brainer,” said Darren Smith, Infinis Asst Regional Manager across the South.

The 10 volunteers from Infinis, a renewable energy company that generates electricity from landfill gas and wind turbines, spent the whole day at our HQ and managed to prepare and load an impressive 180 bikes  - this would have taken our small team of volunteers and staff over a week to do!  

“This is my first month at Infinis.  It’s been really helpful meeting the rest of the team on a day like this.  What a great idea” Matthew Gough, Landfill Gas Technician describing the day. HR Director, Paul Gregson, taking part in the team-volunteering scheme he helped launch, joined the team of gas field staff. “It’s great to be part of it and we want to encourage more staff to get involved in the future.”

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By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Thu, 21/04/2016 - 17:52

Great news! Re~Cycle picked up a gong at the Business Charity Awards for our long term partnership with Halfords. The awards are run by Third Sector magazine to recognise the outstanding contribution made by businesses in the UK to good causes.

Thanks to the partnership more than 20,000 bicycles have been donated, resulting in an estimated 120,000 people in Africa benefiting from the scheme because bikes are generally shared. That’s 300 tonnes of bike saved from a life of disuse!

In addition, the company's staff have raised £267,000 for Re~Cycle, and some volunteer their time to work at Re~Cycle HQ in Colchester, Essex as well as working with our charity partners in Africa.

The partnership has been instrumental in helping the public access Re~Cycle, with 80 stores across the country acting as permanent bike drop-off points and a yearly national trade-in event that see’s thousands of people donating their bikes via any Halfords store. We’d like to thank Halfords and everyone who’s made this partnership such a success and look forward to changing more lives through bike re-use.

Photo credit: Leo Wilkinson

By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Wed, 20/04/2016 - 15:41

Thanks to a recent grant from the E D Charitable Trust we’re helping our project partners in The Gambia to build a new bicycle workshop. During 2016 we’ll also source and send 900 bikes from the UK and provide bike mechanic and business training. This will give the Wonder Years Centre of Excellence (WYCE) team the skills, equipment and facilities to grow their already thriving bicycle social enterprise. The money they generate from their enterprise will be reinvested in the running costs of the WYCE school and health clinic (the only ones for 5kms) in a rural village called Madina Salam. 

Why is this project needed?

The Gambia is ranked 172nd out of 185 in the 2014 Human Development Index and the Madina Salam village, where this project is based, is in a rural location with limited government help and yet has an expanding population.

In Africa 75% of rural dwellers rely on agricultural trade to make their living and so having transport links to farms and local markets to sell produce and check prices is important.  Bikes are the primary mode of transport in rural Gambia and this workshop will increase access to affordable transport and repairs as well as supporting the essential services provided by the WYCE school and health clinic.

Jason, our Africa Programmes Manager recently visited the project and found that the mechanics at the bike shop and workshop in Madina Salam need an improved workshop space to make sure that they can offer a good repairs service to the community.  

What difference will this grant make?

This project will give new skills and confidence to two bike mechanics and an apprentice, get a community cycling and bring the benefits of bikes such as better farmer to market transport and help people carry heavy loads for work or farming. The income that WYCE makes from selling and repairing bikes will contribute to the running costs of a nursery, primary, and lower secondary school and health clinic benefitting 500 school pupils and 3,000 health clinic patients.

Project Sustainability

In keeping with the ethos of Re~Cycle and WYCE, the aim of this project is sustainability with the intention that the workshop builds on the current self-financing model. Along with ongoing bike sales income, additional sales will be generated by customers drawn to a ‘one stop shop’ which includes a professional repairs service. Future project costs such as wages, further training, re-supply of spares and profit to WYCE will come from the income generated by bike sales and repairs. Two containers of bikes sent within the project period will ensure that the mechanics have plenty of stock to work on into 2017 and Re~Cycle will encourage importation of bikes from multiple partners, beyond Re~Cycle.

New WYCE workshop 2016

By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Fri, 15/04/2016 - 17:56

Our first 2016 shipment of bikes for our partners Wonder Years Centre of Excellence​ was unloaded in The Gambia yesterday, in Madina Salam. It appears most of the nearby school turned out to help unload the 491 donated bicycles as well as dozens of bags of spare parts and accessories. And a huge thanks to all WYCE staff who ran to the aid of the truck driver after he got stuck in the sand attempting a three-point turn! Also inside this container was a new complete bicycle repair tool kit arriving in anticipation of the new bicycle repair workshop build beginning later this month! 

By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Tue, 12/04/2016 - 17:39

Heads up! Are you looking for a new ride? Trade in your old bike now and receive 10% off any bike!

We are proud to announce a nationwide trade-in event with our corporate partner Halfords!

Between Friday 14th and Tuesday 19th April, you can donate your bike at any of Halfords’ 460 stores. By doing so you will have the option of receiving 10% off a new bike!

Locate your closest drop-off point here

By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Mon, 04/04/2016 - 20:42

Our third container of 2016 has safely arrived and unloaded in Accra, Ghana with Village Bicycle Project. The 482 bicycles inside will now be sorted, and those suitable for their workshops will be prepped before heading out to programmes in the northern regions later this month.

This container was especially important to us, as it was the first ever consigned by Prosper Dzandu, who we’ve been working closely with since way back in 2010! Prosper (pictured here doused in talcum powder) originally came to us via another workshop we installed on the outskirts of the Greater Accra Region. Formally a skilled kente clothe weaver, he retrained as a bicycle repairer before joining the VBP team as a trainer in 2013. He’s now progressed to being a consignee after more than 2 years of service distributing bicycles and repair training via Village Bicycle Project’s fantastic One Day Workshop Programme. 

It’s been a long journey for Prosper, who aptly named his own bicycle repair business in his home town ‘No Rush in Life Bicycle Workshop’, and we’re so proud to see him succeed. Congratulations Prosper! Ayekooooo!!